The cast of the third Walking Dead TV series on AMC continues to take shape, as two new names have been officially added to the project. Set to begin production in and around Richmond, Virginia next week, the spin-off has signed on Annet Mahendru (The Americans) and Aliyah Royale (The Red Line) to play series newcomers Huck and Iris, respectively. The two actresses join three others who've already been previously announced as a part of the series: Alexa Mansour (Unfriended: Dark Web) as Hope, Nicolas Cantu (The Amazing World of Gumball) as Elton, and Hal Cumpston (Bilched) as Silas.
The news was announced as part of the giant The Walking Dead panel held today at San Diego Comic-Con. At this point, the show is tentatively set to premiere on AMC in Spring 2020, with its freshman season consisting of 10 episodes. This is the second spin-off of The Walking Dead, and won't have any relation to the other shows in the franchise - at least not at the start. It's co-created by former showrunner Scott M. Gimple and series writer Matt Negrete, the latter of which will also serve as the spin-off's showrunner. Jordan Vogt-Roberts (Kong: Skull Island is directing. If we're using Fear the Walking Dead as an example, we shouldn't expect to see any immediate connections to either previous Walking Dead series, although the door is always open for a crossover in the future if the show turns out to be successful.
The untitled third Walking Dead series is described as a coming of age story set in the zombie apocalypse. This is why the main cast will consist primarily of younger actors, following the different ways younger people evolve when placed into this kind of world. As we've seen the end result of with characters on the other shows, some will become heroes while others become villains. In many ways, it will feel a bit different from how The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead played out, as those shows focused more on entire families and how they've completely fractured as tragedies tore them apart.
Of course, the third Walking Dead show is not the only new content we have to look forward to. AMC and Universal Pictures have also recently unveiled the teaser trailer for the first Walking Dead movie, which is planned to have a wide theatrical release. The movie will continue the story of Rick Grimes, whose time on the main series came to an end when actor Andrew Lincoln chose to move on. The character's life was spared and merely relocated to explain his absence on the show, and he'll apparently be given a proper ending once these movies make their way to the big screen.
Additionally, new episodes of The Walking Dead will arrive on AMC in October, and the network has also renewed Fear the Walking Dead for Season 6. Even if the comic book series might have come to an end, AMC clearly doesn't have plans to leave the Walking Dead universe anytime soon. At this rate, the characters in the franchise will develop a cure for the zombie virus by the time all is said and done. This information comes to us from AMC.